The stack trace that doesn’t mean anything
Can you see where this is going?
Yep, later the search stopped working in a spectacular way that took down the whole app. Except I wasn’t sure it was the search breaking it. And I lost a bunch of time because I was ignoring the errors that were telling me something was wrong. They were different errors than the usual ones, but I was so used to hitting enter and watching a big stream of stuff fly by that I didn’t look at it.
Errors that are not critical errors need to be stuffed in a log file. Otherwise you’re training your users to ignore your output. Take a look at how Mongrel starts up:
A few lines and no random crap. Want to know the details? There’s a log file for that.
** Starting Mongrel listening at 0.0.0.0:3000
** Starting Rails with development environment...
** Rails loaded.
** Loading any Rails specific GemPlugins
** Signals ready. INT => stop (no restart).
** Mongrel available at 0.0.0.0:3000
** Use CTRL-C to stop.
Neal Ford has been having similar problems with garrulous software.